Thursday – Anything Possible – Lucy and Bailey Give Dog Lessons

John W. Howell’s latest episode with his furry kids is hilarious! Lucy and Bailey are teaching the puppy Twiggy to be a real dog!

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“Hey, Pops. What’s going on?”

“I’m wondering how you and Lucy are getting on with Twiggy.”


“I would say quite well. She is a lot of fun till she starts with the nipping.”

“Yeah. All puppies do that. Just tell her, no.”

“I think a deep growl conveys the message.”

“Speaking of that. Are you teaching her about being a dog?”

“Hold on Pops. Let me get with Lucy.”

Lucy and Bailey

“Lucy. Huddle up time.”

“What is it? Lose your bone to Twiggy?”

“No Pops is asking if we are teaching her to be a dog.”

“Okay let’s review the morning, and you can answer the question.”

Lucy and Twiggy

First of all was the treat lesson

“Hey kid what are you doing?”

“Trying to find a crumb by this chair.”

“Forget that.”

Twiggy and Lucy

“But these crumbs are tasty.”

“How about if I show you how to get a big ole treat?”

“What do I do?”

Lucy, Bailey and Twiggy

“You find…

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Good People Doing Good Things — More Than Me

This week, in her series “Good People Doing Good Things”, Jill Dennison gifts us with the inspirational story of Katie Meyler who founded the organization “More Than Me” in Liberia, Africa. It is a story of courage and tenacity where Katie turned a 6-month volunteer tour into a lifetime of struggle and achievement. Please share.

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They say that a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.  Today, I bring to you the story of a good person, Katie Meyler, and that first step she made back in 2006 when she left behind an unhappy childhood in New Jersey, joined an international relief organization, and headed to West Africa.  When she first arrived in Liberia, she set out to teach adult literacy classes, and she intended to stay for only six months. Fate had other plans.  One day, Katie met an 11-year-old girl named Abigail.  Abigail, as it turned out, was selling herself on the streets of West Point, Liberia,  in order to get clean drinking water for herself and her family.  Can you imagine?  Abigail told Katie that all she really wanted was to go to school.  More than 40% of girls in Liberia had never been to school, and many were…

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Push … and Push-Back

Lest we forget… Jill Dennison gifts us with an update on the NRA ‘Push Back’ and a list of 14 shooting since Parkland On February 14th. Please share.

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We have all been so encouraged by the young people, led by the survivors of the Parkland, Florida, mass school shooting, and we should be encouraged, we should be proud of these young people.  They are the first generation, with the possible exception of the Vietnam generation, to take a firm stand, to make their voices heard, to say, “ENOUGH!!!”

Meanwhile, back at the ranch … er, the National Rifle Association, commonly known as the NRA, guess what?  Donations to the NRA have more than tripled since February!  In February, the group reported donations of $779,063, and in March, $2.4 million.  That is more than they have raised in any month since at least the year 2000.

bubba with gunWhy, you ask?  It’s what I call the push/push-back.  The students are the ‘push’, the momentum that is having a real impact, their voices have already led to new controls on gun…

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Happy Earth Day 2018!!!

Today is Earth Day and blogger Jill Dennison gifts us with the historical background of the day and the reasons it is critically important that this day and every day of the year be days of awareness and action. Please share.

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Today is Earth Day … the 48th anniversary of Earth Day, to be exact.  I am always surprised by people who say, “Yeah, so???” Or those who say “What the heck is Earth Day?”  So, please bear with me while I explain very briefly.

History – In The Beginning

The concept for Earth Day was conceived in the mind of then-Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Senator Nelson recruited help from Republican Congressman Pete McCloskey and others, and on April 22,1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the…

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Thursday – A little Personal – Getting to Know You.

John W. Howell has gifted us with another delightful interaction between his furry kids. Please enjoy.

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Bailey, Lucy and Twiggy

“Hey, Twiggy.  Have you thought about what you would like to do today?”

“Well, Dad. I have a couple of things on my agenda.”

“I’m here to may every one of your requests come true today.”

“Hmm. Maybe I should do some further thinking. The first thing is breakfast.”

“Coming right up. The usual?”

“Yum. For those of you who wonder. My dad’s a real jokester. The usual indeed.”

“Who are you talking to Twiggy?”

“You must know we are never alone. The fourth wall is out there.”

“Goodness. You are certainly perceptive. So what’s next?”

“How about a little playtime with Lucy and Bailey.”

“Good deal. Let’s go.”

“Morning. Lucy.”

“Hi, Boss. I see you have the little one in your arms.”

“Yup and she would like to play. I’ll set her down.”

“Hey, Lucy. Look at this toy. It is part plastic and pom-pom.”

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John’s Believe It Or Not… April 20th

* 1968 – Pierre Trudeau sworn in at Rideau Hall as Canada’s 15th Prime Minister. * 1999 A massacre at Columbine High School * 1871 Ku Klux Act passed by Congress * 1926 New sound process for films announced * 1914 Militia slaughters strikers at Ludlow in Colorado

It’s Friday! TGIF! Did You Know…

* 1968 – Pierre Trudeau sworn in at Rideau Hall as Canada’s 15th Prime Minister.

Pierre Elliott Trudeau, PC, CC, prime minister of Canada 1968–79 and 1980–84, politician, writer, constitutional lawyer (born 18 October 1919 in Montréal, QC; died 28 September 2000 in Montréal). A charismatic and controversial figure, Trudeau was arguably Canada’s best-known politician, both at home and abroad. He was instrumental in negotiating Canada’s constitutional independence from the British Parliament and establishing a new Canadian Constitution with an entrenched Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Trudeau also brought in the Official Languages Act in 1969, making Canada officially bilingual. While he played an important role in defeating the Québec sovereignist movement of the 1970s and 1980s, his federalist stance, as well as his language and economic policies, alienated many in Canada, particularly in the western provinces. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… April 20th”

John’s Believe It Or Not… April 16th

* 1818 – Rush & Bagot agree to extend US Boundary from Lake of the Woods to Great Divide. * 1746 Jacobite Rising 1745: Battle of Culloden * 1943 Hallucinogenic effects of LSD discovered * 2007 Virginia Tech shooting leaves 32 dead * 1977 David Soul – of Starsky & Hutch – has the #1 song on the U.S. pop charts

It’s Monday! Did You Know…

* 1818 – Rush & Bagot agree to extend US Boundary from Lake of the Woods to Great Divide.

The Canada–United States border, officially known as the International Boundary, is the longest international border in the world between two countries. It is shared between Canada and the United States, the second- and fourth-largest countries by area, respectively. The terrestrial boundary (including portions of maritime boundaries in the Great Lakes, and on the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic coasts) is 8,891 kilometers (5,525 mi) long, of which 2,475 kilometers (1,538 mi) is Canada’s border with Alaska. Eight Canadian provinces and territories (Yukon, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick), and thirteen U.S. states (Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine) are located along the border. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… April 16th”